Thursday, August 31, 2006

She's 84 with no air -- until today

The top photo is a new adventure that Lowe's has undertaken here along the coast. They are Katrina Cottages that range anywhere from around 550 square feet to the largest at 1350 square feet. We took a look at a couple of models yesterday and they are really something. They are built with steel stud framing instead of the regular 2 x 4 lumber. The price per square foot is about the same. They are just enough space and not too much.

The bluish gray house is a Habitat for Humanity home. They are also quite busy building homes along the coast. In this area they are working on 5 at once. When we stopped by yesterday we found a huge group of people working on them. After visiting with them we found out that they all work for one of the local shipping industries here. The work has slowed down for them and rather than fire them or lay them off their bosses decided to continue to pay their full wages if they would agree to do work for Habitat. They all were thrilled to be doing what they were doing. But something really struck me! All of these people working lived right here. They all had various ranges of destruction on their own homes and yet here they were, rebuilding for others -- and enjoying it --- in near 100 degree temps to boot! What hearts of service! What examples for all of us!

Yesterday we received another load of sheetrock, thanks to Convoy of Hope. We can now continue blessing those who need it most. We already were able to bless a member of another church here with some so they can continue the work they have started. We are so thankful to Convoy for everything they do for everyone here on the coast!

I would like to close this evening's blog with a Bible verse that our own Pastor from home sent me through email today. It says it all! Thanks Dave, we miss you more than you know!

Isaiah 1:17 "Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the orphans. Fight for the rights of widows."

Until tomorrow ... bless someone... Susan and Monty

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